In conjunction with the inaugural Inclusive Excellence Speaker series organized by the college's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Hartmark-Hill spoke with Dr. Feranmi Okanlami about his lived experiences with altered ability after a diving accident and spinal cord injury, and his quest to educate and advocate for "assumed ability." During their conversation, both physicians discovered they share a passion for the power of story on patient healing and outcomes.
"The field of narrative medicine has emerged gradually from a confluence of sources - humanities and medicine, primary care medicine, contemporary narratology, and the study of effective doctor-patient relationships. A clinical cousin of literature-and-medicine and a literary cousin of relationship-centered care, narrative medicine provides health care professionals with practical wisdom in comprehending what patients endure in illness and what they themselves undergo in the care of the sick"
-- from Dr. Rita Charon's Narrative Medicine: Honoring the Stories of Illness